While sharing the poignant story of raising Chaser, John shows how to incorporate learning into play and more effectively channel a dog's natural drives. His work with Chaser points us towards a new way of relating to our canine companions that takes into account our evolving understanding of the way animals and humans learn.
"Chaser is the most scientifically important dog in over a century. Her fascinating story reveals just how sophisticated a dog's mind can be."
"This is an extraordinary book full of warmth and wisdom that has the potential to forever change the way we look at dogs."
"This marvelous blend of good science and heartwarming dog story will inspire all of us to reexamine our canine friends."
"After you read Chaser you will realise that you may have underestimated the intelligence of your dog. Marvellous insights into a dog's mind."
"A delightful memoir that offers a challenge to behavioral psychologists and inspiration for pet lovers."
"A Border Collie that understands lots of words won't surprise people who work with these inventive dogs, but what makes John Pilley's tale special is his dogged determination, long after his retirement from teaching psychology, to keep his own brain fizzing with all the new words and techniques and ideas he needs to learn to get his results published in a respected science journal."